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FOX News Whitewashes Trent Lott Controversy

Reported by Ellen - November 27, 2007 -

Ainsley Earhardt may have replaced Harris Faulkner as the news reader during the Hannity & Colmes news break but the pro-GOP cheerleading goes on unchanged. Last night (11/25/07), Earhardt misleadingly described the scandal that cost Trent Lott the Senate leadership by saying that he had praised Senator Strom Thurmond. In fact, Lott had endorsed Thurmond’s Dixiecrat (i.e. segrationist) campaign platform. With video.

In her brief report on Lott’s resignation from the Senate that day, Earhardt said Lott lost his leadership post in 2002 “after praising Senator Strom Thurmond who once ran for president as a segregationist. Lott says that he was trying to say something nice at Thurmond’s 100th birthday party. Lott would bounce back, winning re-election last year and becoming the GOP whip.”

Earhardt made it sound as though Lott had just said a few kind words about the aged Thurmond. But in reality, Lott wholeheartedly commended Thurmond’s segregationist politics in that now infamous statement:

"I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either.”

Furthermore, Lott had a long history of sympathizing with segregationists. Earhardt omitted that fact on the “fair and balanced” network yet she still found time to report Lott’s side of the story and that he “bounced back.”